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From cheese rolling to bog snorkelling, the Brits love wacky sporting alternatives. A raft of hilarious spectacles take place annually, often as part of a festival steeped in tradition and local culture. Head-off on an adventure and discover the strange and wonderfully eccentric goings-on that will leave you looking back in laughter for a lifetime.

Where to watch the wacky action

Six ways to see a different side of British sporting culture across the year

Discover a pancake race with a long and intriguing history.

Olney Ladies Pancake Race
Olney Pancake Race
Olney Ladies Pancake Race

Discover Dorset’s savoury biscuit tossing in all its competitive glory.

Dorset Knob Throwing
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Dorset Knob Throwing

Find out how carrying wool sacks up a 1 in 4 gradient hill is supposed to be fun.

Tetbury Woolsack Races
 Tetbury Woolsack Races, Cotswolds, England. 140 CRG heat of Men's race.
Tetbury Woolsack Races

Ready, set, slow! See if your snail can set the pace at the Congham Fete.

World Snail Racing Championships
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World Snail Racing Championships

Hop aboard and watch from a train as a bunch of runners try to beat you.

Race The Train
Race The Train
Race The Train

Victory hangs on a string: see the clash of the conkers at this world championship.

World Conker Championships
World Conker Championships
World Conker Championships

Discover a pancake race with a long and intriguing history.

Olney Ladies Pancake Race
Olney Pancake Race
Olney Ladies Pancake Race

Discover Dorset’s savoury biscuit tossing in all its competitive glory.

Dorset Knob Throwing
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Dorset Knob Throwing

Find out how carrying wool sacks up a 1 in 4 gradient hill is supposed to be fun.

Tetbury Woolsack Races
 Tetbury Woolsack Races, Cotswolds, England. 140 CRG heat of Men's race.
Tetbury Woolsack Races

Ready, set, slow! See if your snail can set the pace at the Congham Fete.

World Snail Racing Championships
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World Snail Racing Championships

Hop aboard and watch from a train as a bunch of runners try to beat you.

Race The Train
Race The Train
Race The Train

Victory hangs on a string: see the clash of the conkers at this world championship.

World Conker Championships
World Conker Championships
World Conker Championships

Catch some of Britain’s wackiest alternative sports

A pick of sporting spectacles featuring fearless participants and cheering crowds, and some very surreal sports.

Competitors chase a giant cheese downhill in Gloucestershire.

Cheese rolling in Gloucestershire

Watch these filthy competitors battle it out in a bog.

A competitor neck deep in a water-filled trench.

Competition gets messy as wrestlers battle it out in huge pools of gravy.

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Look on as people distort their faces into all kinds of weird and wonderful poses.

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For a record never set in stone, head to the World Stone Skimming Championships in Scotland.

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Watch a bunch of fancy-dress-clad competitors dash over 400-metres of the muddy bedof a river at low tide.

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